Cinco De Mayo Review 2015

This year for Cinco De Mayo we decided to go all out. The bar was filled with lively Tejano music, Mexican decorations, and some free hand outs. Jose Cuervo and other tequilas were flowing like water. Upstairs it seemed like everyone was salsa dancing. We went as far as to give our house band a night off and replaced them with a mariachi band to play some authentic Tejano music.  We had tons of people in attendance for a Tuesday. We had all kinds of specials that we plan on having each and every Cinco De Mayo.  For starters we had our regular Tuesday night specials: $2 Long Islands. Then we added $3 Jose Cuervo, $4 margaritas, and $2 Dos XX. We had a few sombreros handed out and a basket full of maracas. It was so much fun and we look forward to doing it again next year.

Thank you all for showing up!


What if SXSW happened twice a year?

Today I was sitting around with some of my buddies. While we were talking my buddy Chris brought up a good question, “What if SXSW happened twice a year?” So this got me and everyone else there thinking. What would happen if South By South West took place in Austin two times every year. First we thought when would it happen? That’s easy it would have to happen at the end of summer right before all the kids went back to school.

Then we thought well who would play there? Would it be like this year when rap seemed to have taken over the down town scene? Or would it be like years past when it was just about every genre spread out and trickled throughout Austin? We decided it would be best if it was like years past so everyone can enjoy every bit of it.

After that we thought well since it’s going to be happening at near the beginning of school will everyone (audiences, bands, film makers, and businesses) be able to make it out? But just like any festival or big live event the true fans and the die-hard businesses showcasing their products are always going to make sure they are available for something as big as SXSW.

This brought up another question, since this is SXSW part 2 will everyone want to come back for a round two? Not necessarily, everyone that went to the beach, out of  the country, or where ever else they may have gone for spring break will now have a second chance to catch SXSW 2.

All and all we think of SXSW 2 taking part in summer as not only a second chance for the fans but also for the businesses and the bands that were mid-tour or out sick. So what do you think of this crazy idea to have a SXSW at the end of the summer?

Critiquing The New Arrivals

For this post I will be using what I call a taste meter. The taste meter is a measure of how tasty I find something in my personal opinion. The end result will be graded on a scale of 1 (being the worst) and 10 (being the best). Enjoy.

To begin I would like to examine the newest edition of Jack Daniels to our bar, Jack Daniels Fire. Jack Daniels Fire is a smooth and easy down the hatch cinnamon whiskey. It goes down great chilled or at room temperature, depending on how you like your whiskey. Often if people don’t like to take their whiskey straight you can always add some coke to you drink or shot. All and all I give Jack Daniels Fire a 10 out of 10 score on the taste meter.

Next on our list of new additions to our bar is Deep Eddy Lemon. Deep Eddy Lemon is vodka with an added twist of lemon. While we tried taking this straight we found that it was better chilled rather than at room temperature. Later we tried adding some Sprite with it to make it a little bit easier to go down. Since it already has the lemon added to it there isn’t much more we could add to it to make it any better. So in the end we had to give Deep Eddy Lemon 8 out of 10 on the taste meter.

For our third and final new arrival we have, Crown Royal Apple. Crown Royal Apple is a crisp taste of whiskey with a hint of apple. When first trying this out we tried it like the others, chilled it was just okay, and at room temperature it was pretty good. Once we started adding mixers it only got better. But, when we added coke, we found it was clear that coke and Crown Royal Apple was hands down the best mix of them all. So to sum it up, we gave Crown Royal Apple 7 out of 10 on the taste meter.

Maybe you have a favorite we left out, if so let us know in the comments. Thank you.

New Exclusive Deals for You & Yours

This week we FINALLY launched our Facebook page!

Starting this week we will begin posting special updates about our drink specials and live music events on our Facebook page. You can use our Facebook page to show us some love and tell us how we can better your experience at The Two Gents Ale House. We are always looking for new ways to keep you in tune and interested in our business. So for the next couple of months we will be giving away free drinks and other great prizes for certain things that we will be posting about. Each month we will post a list of tasks that you can do to receive free stuff. Each task will have something to do with the bar and won’t cost you any money. Look for tasks in future posts here and on our Facebook page here:

Here is the first list of tasks:

  1. Like us our Facebook page.
  2. Share us with your friends on Facebook.
  3. Bring your phone or any device with the Facebook capabilities to the bar BEFORE 11PM and show the bartender that you have “Liked” our Facebook page to receive your free drink (well drinks only).

  4. If you “Shared” our page with 10 or more people, show the bartender that you have successfully invited 10 or more of your friends to like our Facebook page and enjoy any of our top shelf drinks.
  5. If you “Shared” our page with over 25 people and can show proof to our bartender not only will you receive any drink of your choice but we will throw in a free Two Gents Ale House T-Shirt. Just tell the bartender your size and enjoy your new Two Gents Ale House T-Shirt. (While supplies last.)

Good luck to everyone! We look forward to seeing you and your friends sharing the greatness that is The Two Gents Ale House!

Thank you to Branding Personality for the wonderful idea!

Do you have any ideas for giveaways or contests? Let us know here!


3 Reasons we are the best bar in your area.

According to many different blogs, magazines, and interviews it takes a lot of things to have a “good bar.” After doing some research and looking back on The Two Gents I think that we have all that it takes to have a good bar! Some people may disagree, but they probably work somewhere else or are just jealous. Take a look at some of the links in this post and keep those links in mind next time you come visit The Two Gents Ale House!

When we did a self-evaluation on our bar we needed something to go off of. While searching for a good bar we found two posts that stood out to us. One of the links was from Esquire and the other from Serious Eats. Esquire wrote a piece called, “9 essential ingredients that make a good bar.” After looking that over we found that even though we don’t have menus or glass wear we still meet requirements that make a good bar.7 out of 9, not too shabby (especially since we aren’t allowed to have glass ware due to our upstairs desk and the risk of glass falling off and potentially hurting someone.) Serious Eats’ blog post, “From behind the bar: What makes a good bar?” was more technical evaluation of the bar and bartenders. Community, passion, and atmosphere! I would like to go ahead and show you what The Two Gents Ale House has to offer in these categories and prove to you that we do our best to execute them every single night.

  1. Community – The community here at The Two Gents has grown and proven itself to be one of best in our city. The week by week and day by day clientele are what make this bar run. We appeal to all kinds of people. With our very professional door staff you can be sure that we intend on keeping the reputation of our bars community held to the highest standard of any bar in our area.
    • The back room and second floor deck have dance music ready for the people that want to come out, dance, drink, and party the night away.
    • Our patio stage with our house band or sometimes special guests is for people that want to come out and share some good times with their friends and the band.
    • Then we have our front bar with sports, draft beers, music from the top of the billboards, and some of the best bartenders to please your drinking needs.

  2. Passion – Our bartenders strive to quench your thirst with some of the best drinks you’ve ever tasted. To see people have a good time and drink with their friends is what we love to see, so we want to try and make happen every night. Or if you want to come out alone and get away from everything you can get to know us. Meeting new people and making real connections to find out more about the customer is what it’s all about here so come in and see us perform our passion and get to know your bartenders!
  3. Atmosphere – The atmosphere at The Two Gents is unlike any other you’ve ever been to and we can guarantee it! With our four bars and multitude of bartenders we bring the life into your night each and every night. We have all kinds of music to go along with your night out on the town weather you came to dance or just to enjoy some good music and drinks with your friends. With our different drink specials every night of the week you’re sure to find what you need to help meet your and your wallets need. If you aren’t spending a ton of money on drinks you’re going to have a good time.

Every night we do our part to make sure that you can come out and have a fun, safe, and memorable night. Next time you visit The Two Gents Ale House take a moment to make sure that we are executing all of these things to the fullest!

What do you look for in a good bar?

South By South West


It may be the middle of February but we are looking ahead to one of Austin’s biggest events in the middle of March, South By Southwest. SXSW is only a month away and we are cleaning up the hearts and roses from Valentine’s Day and getting ready for one of the biggest interactive events in Texas. South By brings music, interactive, and movies to our big city and gets people busy and excited for what’s to come.

The possibilities are endless!

In years past we have been a SXSW venue. That means we host all kinds of events for you to come and join in on. We host many things from bar tabs companies have paid for to bring attention to a new product to live bands put on by some of the bigger companies, which means big names. If it’s happening here you know that means you have a chance to get up close and personal with the whole experience that is SXSW! Be sure to check back here regularly to get the latest news on who’s playing here and when.


You guys remember that Happy Hour we have daily? Well it’s getting better! During SXSW we will be opening 3 HOURS EARLY!! Every day we will be opening our doors to you and the SXSW community at noon. With longer hours here plan to give you a watering hole headquarters. If you’re out on the town doing whatever it is you may be doing at SXSW don’t worry we have  got all of your thirst quenching needs here at The Two Gents!  We have our normal specials every day during happy hour and every night when just the same! Be sure to come out and share a drink and have a good time while enjoying your SXSW experience with us.

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Here at The Two Gents we have all you need to host your companies meet up. We have a private room away from all of the hustle and bustle of the SXSW madness or you can rent out our top deck to overlook the city and the awesomeness. To place reservations contact us in the email provided.

What are you doing for South By Southwest?

Valentine’s Day

happy-valentines-day-card-with-2-hearts-wallpaperHappy Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air here at The Two Gents Ale House as we prepare to throw one of the biggest parties for you and your significant other, or if you’re single get ready to mingle and find your Valentine!

We will be having our two DJ’s playing their V-day mixes to help you dance the night away with that special someone. On our back patio stage our house band will be playing some acoustic Valentine’s jams.

Let’s not forget about our bartenders and drink specials. Tonight we will be changing up a few drink specials to help accommodate your needs. We will be serving up our regular $5 bomb and $2 shot specials as we do every Saturday, along with some extra $3 well specials. That’s not all we’ve got! We will have our keg fully stocked with $3 beer, $2 Fireball shots, $10 bottles of champagne, and $2 Jell-O shots.

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If you and yours are looking to make this night a little more special be sure to contact us and ask about our table specials. We have got a selection of deals for you to choose from. Starting with our lowest priced table you can have a private 2 top table with a bottle of champagne for only $50. Next deal on our list, you can have a private 4 top table with 2 bottles of champagne for $75. Our biggest and best deal will be our cool corner deal, you will have 2 tables 2 couches and 4 bottles of champagne in our private corner overlooking the dance floor in the ale house for only $100! All tables come with flowers from Austin Florists.

If you have any questions be sure to email us at the email address provided at this website.

There is sure to be a line and we do have a maximum capacity so be sure to get there early! NO COVER!!!!

So where will you be this Valentine’s Day?

Welcome to The Two Gents Ale House Two Gents Ale House is the place to be any day of the week!  The Two Gents Ale House is the premier bar downtown to come hang out with your friends and have a good time. With two stories, four bars and a rooftop deck that has a spectacular view of the skyline, The Two Gents one of the best places in town to come and have a drink. We have 10 local beers on tap that change seasonally. Our all-star staff pours it the best when you’re the one calling the shots. We have happy hour from 5:00 pm-8:30 pm every day and different drink specials every night.  The Two Gents Ale House offers some of the best drinks at the best prices.  Every nights a different drink special to meet your needs.

Listen to live music.  With live music Thursday through Monday, you and your friends will be able to drink and dance the night away. We have all kinds of music from live bands playing country and rock n’ roll on stage at our back bar; to DJ’s spinning turn tables with dance music up stairs on the deck so you can dance with the stars.

  • Downstairs- The first story of The Two Gents is where you will find our draft beers, from Austin Beer Works located at the front bar. Further back you will find our patio bar and artist stage where our house band plays rock n’ roll all night. But before you head all the way back there, be sure to take hook a hard left and check out the where we play all the latest 80’s dance music.
  • Upstairs- On the second story here at The Two Gents you can find a beautiful view of the city skyline, a massive bar equipped with two 52″ plasma screen TV’s, the dance floor and our second DJ playing remixes to all of todays latest dance hits from Americas Top 40.

We love butts so bring yours in here.  Here at The Two Gents we also have a private room for any parties or work events. The room provides your own private bar and bartender along with one of our house djs or bands, which ever suits your needs.  With our professional security staff you can be sure that none of the outside riff raff will be let in to rain on your parade or puke on your Prada.  Two Gents strives for a comfortable and safe atmosphere.

The Two Gents Ale House is all about the customer. Our mission is to provide quality drinks with friendly service in our fun and safe atmosphere. So please, come on out and enjoy the night with your best friends and the best bartenders around. See you soon!

Got a favorite dance hit, band, or drink we don’t have? Tell us and we will do our best to meet your needs!